Danish line-up at Toronto

TORONTO. Martin Zandvliet's postwar drama "Land of Mine" opens the Toronto Film Festival's inaugural Platform competition, and another world premiere is Rúnar Rúnarsson's "Sparrows." Read on for the full Danish line-up and background stories.

As the Toronto Film Festival opens the doors to its 40th anniversary edition, a number of Danish films and co-productions will be part of the programme, taking off Thursday 10 September:

Land of Mine in Platform

Martin Zandvliet's "Land of Mine," which scrutinizes a dark chapter in Danish WWII history, is the opening film of the festival's brand new auteur competition, Platform. The film – Zandvliet's third after "Applause" and "A Funny Man," both selected for Toronto – celebrates its world premiere in Toronto's spectacular, 1400-seat Elgin Theatre, with a screening followed by a Q&A on 10 September at 5 p.m.

Read interview with Martin Zandvliet in FILM: The Untold Story

Sparrows in World Contemporary Cinema

Following "Volcano" from 2011, Rúnar Rúnarsson's second feature "Sparrows" world premieres in Contemporary World Cinema, Toronto's section for art-house films from around the globe. Shot in Rúnarsson's home country of Iceland, the film is the story of young Ari who moves back, against his will, to his father and to his childhood village where everything has changed. First screening is Friday 11 September at 9.30 p.m.

Read interview with Rúnar Rúnarsson: Reality is a Grayscale

Men & Chicken in Vanguard

Anders Thomas Jensen's black comedy "Men & Chicken" with Mads Mikkelsen and David Dencik playing two odd-ball brothers will be celebrating its North American premiere in Toronto. The film is selected for the Vanguard section dedicated to storytelling with a twist, with its first public screening on Monday 14 September at 9 p.m.

Read interview with Anders Thomas Jensen: A Very, Very Odd Tale

Danish Filmmakers in Co-productions

Yaelle Kayam's Israeli-Danish "Mountain" is co-produced by Riina Spørring Zachariassen for Windelov/Lassen. Playing right now at the Venice Film Festival, the film will be meeting its first North American audience in the Toronto Film Festival's Discovery section.

Read interview with Riina Spørring Zachariassen: Creative Encouters

These Danish co-productions are also part of TIFF 2015, with links to the festival's factsheets:

Louder Than Bombs by Joachim Trier / Special Presentation
Rams by Grímur Hákonarson / Contemporary World Cinema
Horizon by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Bergur Bernburg / TIFF Docs
7 Sheep by Wiktoria Szymanska / Short Cuts

Eva Jacobsen in Producers Lab

Eva Jacobsen, whose producing credits include the two first films about superhero "Antboy", is selected as one of 24 producers to take part in Producers Lab Toronto 2015, organised by European Film Promotion.

See more at efp-online.com

Toronto International Film Festival / 10-20 September 2015

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Online Magazine dfi.dk/film

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